Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Salmonella found in irrigation water in Mexico

The FDA has found the same strain of Salmonella that has sickened so many Americans on a farm in Mexico. Dr. David Atcheson of the FDA says they have found the likely source of the Salmonella.

"We have a positive sample in water used for irrigation and serrano peppers from the same farm that have matched outbreak strain," he said.

The FDA has added Mexican Serrano peppers to it's warning. They say people should not be eating raw serrano peppers now.

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Saturday, July 26, 2008

Absent in mind, present in body

I have actually been around this past week and came close to posting several times. But I just never could make my mind completely up as to what I should post about. I have read so many things and heard so much on the news that you would think something would stir this brain of mine and make me want to post.

This is mostly a Christian site, but I haven't posted any Christian posts lately except the one about Dr. Dobson. I keep thinking I will post one for the persecuted church but, as of yet, nothing has really caught my eye.

The one thing that really stays on my mind is the state of our country and the upcoming presidential election. It bothers me that we have a person who is not well known but who is now high in the polls. It doesn't bother people that he only wants change, that any change will do as long as it's different than what President Bush has done. It doesn't bother people that our taxes under this guy will be sky high, that more and more of our pay check will be going to the government to do with whatever they please, whether it's to dig them out of a hole or give to the illegals. Oh, and the illegals probably love this guy because he's going to make it legal for them to have a driving license. There are so many things that bother me about Obama!

The media seems to woo him and are trying to make him look like the preferred candidate for the president. But, they hardly know that McCain is out there running, too. I think they should give both candidates equal time and the same hard questions. But I don't think you will hear the media changing their tune or their outlook before the election.

The media is so into Obama and his campaign that I heard today that NBC was calling his trip to Iraq a 'tour of duty'. What?

In a letter to the New York Post, Richard Bucco of New Jersey had the following to say:

The editorial "Barrack's Iraq Trip" (July 19) can be very telling for this rookie's aspirations.

These Arab leaders want Sen. Barack Obama to be our next president, for he is a plum that these leaders can juice up and then stab in the back.

As long as our drive-by media give Obama airtime and praise, we're falling right into the hands of our enemies.

I hope that our generals in Iraq give Obama the works so that he understands that he is not yet president.

Neither the media or Obama understand that he hasn't yet made it to the finish line.

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Sunday, July 20, 2008

James Dobson honored by National Radio Hall of Fame

James Dobson, a well known Christian author/speaker, and psychologist, is being honored by the National Radio Hall of Fame. Dobson is the head of the "Focus on the Family" radio broadcast.

As host of the daily broadcast, Dobson is being added to a field of radio luminaries such as Orson Wells, Paul Harvey, Gene Autry, Bing Crosby, Kate Smith, Jack Benny, Walter Winchell, Dick Clark and Rush Limbaugh, while the "Focus on the Family" program is recognized along with hit shows as "The Shadow" and "Your Hit Parade."
The honorees had to contribute to the radio industry for ten years on the national level. Dr. Dobson has been doing this for over 30 years. He was chosen through the Hall of Fame's first online competition. The inductees will be honored on November 8th.

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Monday, July 14, 2008

Students rebuked for singing National Anthem

What a wonderful tribute to our nation by these young people. They took time out this summer to go to the California Capital and sing two songs. You would think they would be praised, not rebuked. After all, I thought this was a country of freedom of speech.

"The patriotic expression was apparently so egregious that state troopers were called in to the rotunda to rebuke the students," a statement from The Capitol Resource Institute said today.

"This was a ghastly overreaction to some students expressing their patriotism in the seat of government," said Karen England, executive director of CRI, and director of the youth conference. "These young leaders have sacrificed a week of their summer to come learn about our government system and this is the 'welcome' they receive from the government."

This was a group of 4 5 patriotic students, 14-18 year old, who came to Sacramento from all over California to take part in the Hill Youth Leadership Conference. They were excited to be there, but had to be met with the unwelcome act.
Officials said, however, it was a good lesson in liberty for those students, especially the two young participants whose father was held in a Communist prison in Romania and another student who is a Russian immigrant.

"These future leaders have seen first-hand how we are losing our liberties – including simply expressing our patriotism in public," said Meredith Turney, the legislative liaison for CRI Impact and a graduate of City on the Hill.

Turney is correct. What a terrible lesson to learn. We all know our freedoms are surely being taken away from us. When you can't be a patriot in your own country, where do you go? It sure is giving a terrible message to those that see Ameria as the land of freedom and want to move here because of it.

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

A site for Homeschoolers

If you homeschool your children, you will enjoy this site: Driven To Educate. A family of four, along with their dog, have hit the road back in March of 2008. They put all their material goods from their home in storage, rented out their home to a nice couple to watch over it, and took to the road in their RV.

This is going to be a year long or longer American history tour for the family. Dan, Jennifer, Mason, and Griffin are experiencing what the young boys are studying in American History this year. Jennifer had been the sole bread winner for the family while her husband was educating his boys by homeschooling them. She began to have problems with her health and ended up having to retire. She often wondered what she would do if it was the end of her life. Here is what she said on her site:

So, what would I do if I had very little time left? It’s not easy to answer. What would you do?

I thought about it a lot, and what kept coming to mind was spend time with my family and see my children learn and experience new things. Remember that we homeschool our boys, which we consider a blessed privilege, and I am passionate about it. I love to see them learn. I love it when they really “get it”. In 2008 we were slated to start American History (we study history in chronological order). I began dreaming of traveling around the country, experiencing the things we were studying about together. A yearlong history tour. A family adventure – rafting where Louis and Clark canoed, riding in a covered wagon on the Oregon Trail, walking on Civil war battle grounds, racing dune buggies at Great Sand Dunes National Park (OK – some of it’s just for fun). Now that’s living! That was my answer to the question.

Just reading their experiences makes me wish I could tag along! They have taken to the road for educating the youngsters and enjoying the trip themselves. But they have not left the main thing at home, their faith. They have probably more than once realized that God is everywhere and the angels are indeed watching over them. Go read their posts and find out more about this family. You can also sign up for their newsletter on their site.

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Tony Snow dead at the age of 53

To me, Tony Snow was one of the nicest journalists you would ever want to know. He seemed to have a heart for the people, the nation, and family. He had such a nice disposition, no matter to whom he was talking or what he was talking about.

President Bush said Saturday that he and first lady Laura Bush were "deeply saddened" by Snow's death.

"The Snow family has lost a beloved husband and father. And America has lost a devoted public servant and a man of character," the president said in a statement.

"It was a joy to watch Tony at the podium each day."

Tony Snow was the second in his family to have colon cancer. His own Mother died at the age of 38 from colon cancer.

I really enjoyed the time that Tony Snow was White House Press Secretary. He just brought to it a professionalism and a touch of caring that showed threw that smile of his. I felt, when he left, that perhaps he was leaving, not because of not enjoying the job and not entirely because of the money. I really felt he was leaving to have more time with his family. And I am sure the family loved having Tony home more with them.

Tony was also a great musician. The following comes from Wikipedia:

Snow was an avid musician. He played the trombone, flute, piccolo, accordion, saxophone, and guitar, and belonged to a cover band, Beats Workin', which featured fellow Washington-area professionals. Beats Workin' played publicly with a number of rock bands, including Snow's friends Skunk Baxter (The Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan) and Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull. He was featured on an episode of VH1 Classic's Rock 'n Roll Fantasy Camp.

This is indeed a sad day for America and his family. Not only has America lost a great journalist, but his family have lost a son, husband and father. Our hearts and prayers go out to them today. I know what it is to lose a father, and it stays with you. You always wonder what might have been, wishing he could have been around to see your grandchildren or their children. The love you had for him and the memories will live on.

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Saturday, July 05, 2008

ACLU vying to stop naval prayer

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For decades, lunch at the U.S. Naval Academy has been preceded by a brief, voluntary prayer. But earlier this year, the American Civil Liberties Union wrote the Academy demanding that the prayers cease. The ACLU claims the prayers violate the so-called "separation of church and state." But Joel Oster, senior counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund, says the real intent of the letter is clear.

"The ACLU wants to rid the U.S. government from anything religious. And this is just another example of them trying to get involved and trying to strip America from its religious heritage and its religious practices, and it must be stopped," Oster contends.
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If the ACLU has their way, prayer will no longer be in existence in our country in the future! Give them an inch and they will take a mile! The government does not need to give into them and keep our military from praying at meals!

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Wednesday, July 02, 2008

I Did, I Do, But I Don't

Which is it with Obama? He supposedly holds to marriage as between one man and one woman. But, how can you hold to that position, and then hold to the position that same-sex marriages are okay?

Obama on Marriage 2-11-2004

Equality is a moral imperative

He also said he thought it should be the right of the states to decide if they thought same-sex marriage was okay. Now he is saying that California should uphold the same-sex marriage act they just banned and then the courts reinstated. Can you say flip-flop?

Barack Obama and Gay Marriage/ Civil Unions:

Although Barack Obama has said that he supports civil unions, he is against gay marriage. In an interview with the Chicago Daily Tribune, Obama said, "I'm a Christian. And so, although I try not to have my religious beliefs dominate or determine my political views on this issue, I do believe that tradition, and my religious beliefs say that marriage is something sanctified between a man and a woman."

Barack Obama did vote against a Federal Marriage Amendment and opposed the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996.

He said he would support civil unions between gay and lesbian couples, as well as letting individual states determine if marriage between gay and lesbian couples should be legalized.

"Giving them a set of basic rights would allow them to experience their relationship and live their lives in a way that doesn't cause discrimination," Obama said. "I think it is the right balance to strike in this society."
Sources: Chicago Daily Tribune, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

Obama’s Simultaneous Opposition to Gay Marriage Bans, Both State and National

Obama’s Irreconcilable Marriage Vows

Either he thinks marriage is between a man and a woman or he doesn’t.

The other Obama
Barack had a more bohemian attitude toward romance. “We would have this running debate throughout our relationship about whether marriage was necessary,” Obama told me. “It was sort of a bone of contention, because I was, like, ‘Look, buddy, I’m not one of these who’ll just hang out forever.’ You know, that’s just not who I am. He was, like”—she broke into a wishy-washy voice—“ ‘Marriage, it doesn’t mean anything, it’s really how you feel.’

Other Flip Flop positions

Obama campaign flip-flops on “undivided” Jerusalem

Obama’s Flag pin flip-flop?

Where is Obama on Gun Control?

Obama The Candidate of ‘Change my mind’

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